Airport operator refuses to attend public meetings

PUBLISHED: 11:43 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:47 31 May 2010

AIRPORT operator BAA Stansted s decision not to attend forthcoming public consultation sessions has been described as a big letdown by an Uttlesford councillor. The airport has lodged a planning application with Uttlesford District Council to increase t

AIRPORT operator BAA Stansted's decision not to attend forthcoming public consultation sessions has been described as a 'big letdown' by an Uttlesford councillor.

The airport has lodged a planning application with Uttlesford District Council to increase the number of passengers using Stansted beyond 25 million per annum.

Two public examination sessions had been planned for two weeks' time, but have now been cancelled as BAA Stansted has confirmed it will not be in attendance.

Cllr Alan Dean, the district council's member for Stansted Mountfitchet and community champion for the airport, wrote of his disappointment in an online blog at www.stanstedexplained.info

Cllr Dean said: "It feels like a snub to local democracy and the community.

"The best way to get to the bottom of a controversy and to get clarification is to get all the parties together in a room to see how well they stand up to each other's questioning.

"If the airport operator won't turn up, the exercise would be largely futile. So it's been cancelled."

The sessions would have enabled the regional development agency, strategic health authority and Stop Stansted Expansion campaigners to justify their views on the plans.

A BAA Stansted spokesman said: "We presented a very detailed application that we consider contains sufficient information.

"We have had public engagement sessions in the past and we do not believe that it is necessary for us to attend another.

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